Muse: an elusive divine-inspired spirit guiding a human to produce great work. Painters, poets, musicians, writers, film makers, scientists, stay-at-home moms. Creatives.
So, I’m wondering. Do I have a Muse? Do psychotherapists have Muses? Do bloggers?
Well, why not?
Maybe we all have Muses. After all, everyone needs inspiration. No matter what we’re doing. An inspiring spirit with creative ideas? What’s not to like?
Granted. Austen. Lennon. DaVinci. Probably had some darned powerful Muses. MegaMuses.
My Muse? A little less powerful. A little less Mega. OK. Maybe a lot less Mega. Muse-lite.
I’m here to tell you that even a psychotherapist blogger can be aMused.
For example: When I feel a sense of ease and pleasure writing a blog post and then a Yes when it’s finished. A message from my Muse: Send this out now. Sure, it’s not perfect. Send it anyway. And there it goes. Out to you.
Or, in a therapy session. When I feel particularly compassionate and larger than myself. My Muse shows me a winding path where Grace lives. I just need to breathe and love and stay on the path. In those moments, I am the Muse.
aMusement is pretty wonderful.
I have to admit, though, that my Muse doesn’t always appear. Like now, for instance. I’m sitting here with visions of impostor syndrome dancing in my head. My imposter syndrome says things like: Are you kidding? Do you realize that you are blogging about gifted people? Really, doll face? I can’t believe you’re getting away with that.
But nevertheless, I’m persisting. Which is what we do much of the time, right? Trusting that a necessary part of the creative process includes doubt, resistance, bewilderment, plowing ahead, dark chocolate and expressions like doll face.
Not necessarily in that order.
And just in case you don’t believe me, I want you to listen to this TED talk by Elizabeth Gilbert. She explains her experience of Muse-ity quite well.
And if you want more, I’ve attached this humorous, poignant TED talk by writer Amy Tan.
My impostor syndrome suggested that I needed some back up.
But that’s OK. Because my Muse has arrived just in time.
So, here we go. Sending my love out to you. Yes!
To my bloggEEs: What’s your experience with creativity and the Muse? How about impostor syndrome? You know that your comments make my blog sing, so we all love hearing from you. And thank you, as always.
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